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Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes #2) by Aly Martinez REVIEW

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Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes #2) by Aly Martinez REVIEW

I come from a family of fighters. I always thought I’d follow in their shadows, becoming unstoppable in the ring. That changed the day I saved the life of a woman I loved, but could never have.

My brother hailed me as a hero, and my reward was a wheelchair.

Paralyzed, my life became an inescapable nightmare.

Until I met her.

Ash Mabie had a heart-stopping smile and a laugh that numbed the rage and resentment brewing inside of me. She showed me that even the darkest night still had stars, and it didn’t matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them.

I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn’t even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting the shadows of our past.

Fighting to reclaim my future.

Fighting for her.

Review

★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

“Whoever said time heals all wounds was an ignorant asshole. In my experience, time made everything worse.”
Flint Page is a man who lost a great deal when he sacrificed himself to save the woman he loved. With a promising boxing career ahead of him and a brilliant brain behind the brawn, he was destined for a future of great prospects until the day his waste of a space father, Clay Page, left him lying in a bed recovering from a bullet in the back.
Struggling with the fact that he may never walk again, in addition to feeling the immense guilt of being in love with his brothers wife, he has become bitter and downcast.
When another shit hand is dealt to the Page family, brother Quarry inadvertently brings Ash Mabie crashing into all their lives causing Flint to re-evaluate his outlook on life.
Ash Mabie is a born con artist, since her mothers death at 5, her father Ray has used her for hustling and she is an old soul with the biggest heart, but has only ever known a life of stealing, faking and running.

OMG, I loved her, she was one of the best ever heroines that I have fallen in love with and despite her young age, she was mature, funny, independent, loving and naive in an adorable way. A Total dork! She was insecure but with good reason.Flint – I loved him too, he was quite laid back, nothing was a big deal for him and even when he was suffering from depression he was always thinking about his brothers. He made a monumental fuck up, but once he realised his mistake, he manned the hell up and fought for his girl.

 

The banter was off the charts, I really loved the humour in this book.

“I see your stellar personality has remained intact.”
“I see that you’re still a cranky asshole. 
Must be from sitting on it all day.”

I absolutely love this series, it’s going on my list of best ever series and I cannot tell you how much these 3 brothers have infiltrated my brain along with their strong female leads.

As with the first book in this series, Fighting Silence, we are left with an insight as to what we can expect from Quarry’s book Fighting Solitude and holy fuck! What a teaser. Quarry is the foul mouthed youngest brother who, if you were a fan of him in FS, you will most definitely fall in love with him even more in this one.

Absolute brilliance, loved every page (and Page)

 

 

This is a standalone novel, told in alternating dual POV’s but I highly recommend reading this after Fighting Silence as you will really get a solid background in order to enjoy this book fully.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

More in this Series

Fighting Silence (On the Ropes #1)  Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes #2) Fighting Solitude

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